Title: Fire & Heist
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Crown Books
In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
If you read the title, you might get a feeling that the book will be adrenaline-high. But that is not the case. From that aspect, Fire & Heist is very simple. Meant for readers younger than YA, I feel.
But the conceptualisation is commendable, even after reading a tome of fantasy novels, this concept of wyverns/were-dragons was new to me. So this book stood out from that aspect.
Loved the plot and the execution. I had not read the blurb before reading the book so I was fascinated and hooked. The mix of fantasy land in the real world and then the new world build-up was enjoyable.
The pace is dynamic so the 300 pages will seem short, in my opinion. The characterizations were quite impressive. I quite enjoyed the antics of the protagonist.
An entertaining weekend YA read, best enjoyed when seeking a break from mundane school week.
Character Development: 8/10
Quality of writing: 8/10
Thought Provoking: 8/10
P.S. I had received this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin Random House and Netgalley